Changes to Underwriting May Be Sandy's Legacy

With capacity abundant, Willis doesn't expect last year's storm to boost commercial property pricing.

Superstorm Sandy may have put a dent in the insurance industry’s reversal of fortunes after a catastrophe-filled 2011, but commercial-property pricing may not increase as much as one might expect after the second-most damaging named storm to hit the U.S., a new report says.

In its “Marketplace Realities 2013 Spring Update,” insurance broker Willis says capacity remains abundant even for catastrophe perils. “Even with Sandy,” says Willis, “property losses totaled $65 billion in 2012, a 44 percent improvement over 2011‘s total, and the P&C insurance market saw policyholder surplus increase from $550 billion in 2011 to $570 billion in 2012.”

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Phil Gusman

Phil Gusman

Phil Gusman is a freelance journalist. Previously, he was managing editor of National Underwriter. Prior to joining National Underwriter in 2008, he was editor of Insurance Advocate. He has also served as associate editor of Crackdown!, an insurance-fraud publication, and as assistant editor of Empire State Report, which covers New York State politics. He graduated in 2002 from Plattsburgh State University in New York. Gusman may be reached at phil.gusman@gmail.com.

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